Research Day 2024

The University of Florida Department of Surgery is honored to have present

Lyle Moldawer, PhD

Professor of Surgery

Director Emeritus, Sepsis and Critical Illness Research Center

as the 2024 Dragstedt Visiting Professor for the 19th annual Department of Surgery Research Day which will be held on

Thursday, May 9, 2024 (5-8 PM) 

Quickshot Session 1 Schedule & Abstracts (Harrell Medical Education Building Room 135)

Quickshot Sessions 2 & Visual Abstract 1 Schedule & Abstracts ( Harrell Medical Education Building Room 135) 

Quickshot Session 3 & Visual Abstract Session 2 Schedule & Abstracts (Harrell Medical Education Building Room 125)


Friday, May 10, 2024 (7:00-8: 00 am)
Grand Rounds with Dr. Moldawer:

Importance of Mentorship in Early Academic Career Development: A Personal Journey

HPNP Auditorium Room 1404

followed by the continuation of research day:

Plenary Session Schedule  & Abstracts
8:00 am -12:00pm

HPNP Auditorium Room 1404

Dr. Moldawer is currently a professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Florida College of Medicine. He is the former Robert H and Kathleen M Axline Endowed Research Professor in the UF College of Medicine. He is currently the Director of the Sepsis and Critical Illness Research Center, and emeritus director of the Laboratory of Inflammation Biology and Surgical Science. He has been on the UF College of Medicine faculty since 1993. Prior to that, he was on the faculty of the Weil College of Medicine at Cornell University where he joined the faculty in 1987, rising to the rank of Associate Professor of Surgery, and Cell Biology. He completed his Ph.D. degree from the Medical Faculty of Gotesborgs Universitet, Gotesborg, SWEDEN in 1986 (academic year 1987).

Full Abstract File

Complete Schedule

Abstract Instructions:


DEADLINE: The deadline for abstract submissions is March 28, 2024, 11:59 PM ET. Abstracts must be submitted via the abstract submission link below and no late submissions will be accepted.

ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS: There are no restrictions on the number of submissions you may submit. An individual can be named as the first author on more than one abstract. However, an individual will only be selected to present their work one time/their highest-scoring abstract will be presented. Other abstracts will be included in the program but will not be presented as an oral presentation.

TEMPLATE – The template for submission can be found at this link. 

Submission Link – Once you have revised the template with your abstract, you may submit your abstract using this link. 

DISCLOSURES: You will be asked to complete specific disclosures in order to finalize your submission.

NOTIFICATIONS – will be sent approximately April 21, 2024

Special thanks to the University of Florida Department of Surgery Research Activities Committee

for helping make the annual Research Day a success:

Scott Berceli, MD, PhD
(Chair, Research Advisory Committee)

Mindaugas Rackauskas, MD, PhD
(Co-Chair, Research Day 2024)

Gib Upchurch, MD

Dejana Braithwaite, MD, MSc

Sergio Duarte, Ph.D

Phil Efron, MD

Zhihua Jiang, PhD

Shawn Larson, MD

Tyler Loftus, MD

Robert Maile, PhD

Alicia Mohr, MD

Lyle Moldawer, PhD

Kerri O’Malley, PhD, MHA

Ashish Sharma, MBBS, PhD

Ryan M. Thomas, MD

Kim Wollard, PhD

Ali Zarrinpar, MD, PhD